As a doctoral student in the lab of David H. Wise in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago, I am very excited to be studying the structure of soil arthropod communities in urbanized landscapes.
My research focuses specifically on soil mite communities and their habitats, and the dynamics that shape these communities and, therefore, food webs. For the past three years, I have been working with collaborators in environmental planning, sociology, and scientific philosophy to develop ways of integrating disciplinary thought into a trans-disciplinary perspective of ecology through the NSF-funded RESTORE project.
In addition to my personal research, I am a fellow in interdisciplinary research in the Landscape, Ecology, and Anthropogenic Processes (LEAP) Integrative Graduate Education Research Traineeship (IGERT) program funded by the NSF. I am currently an Adjunct Faculty member in the Environmental Studies and Science Department at DePaul University where I teach Foundations in Environmental Studies.
Previous appointments: Department of Liberal Arts at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) where I developed and taught the course The Dirt on Soil Science in Spring and Summer terms.
Monica A. Farfan
Ecology and Evolution Group
Department of Biological Sciences (MC 066)
University of Illinois at Chicago
845 W. Taylor St.
Chicago, IL 60607
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